A Chinese-language version of Skype scans users’ chat messages for keywords such as “democracy,” and sends a copy of the offending message to the company’s servers, according to a report released Thursday by a Canadian online human rights group.
I’m no longer surprised by these things, since we’ve long been on the slippery slope. After all everyone knows how Yahoo and Google have acted like puppets to the Beijing-based regime; this, then, is only a manifestation of the same monster.
Nevertheless, practically speaking, this is a real blow to people’s ability to speak of religious and political freedom: it should not be accepted as morally defensible or not worth changing. But unfortunately, instead of sacrificing for that which is just and honourable, many choose their own safety and preservation.